Star Alliance member Asiana Airlines will increase its service to Singapore from Seoul Incheon to double daily flights from 29 September, up from 11 times a week currently.
The South Korean carrier will deploy its Airbus A350-900 on one of the daily rotations, and the A330-300 on the other.
The passenger experience between the two aircraft types could vary, especially in the premium cabin.
The A350-900 features Asiana’s latest ‘Smartium’ business class product in a respectable 1-2-2 setup. The older A330-300, however, is configured 2-2-2 upfront and not fully lie-flat.
In economy, both aircraft feature relatively generous layouts – 3-3-3 on the A350, and 2-4-2 on the A330. The in-flight entertainment system, however, is better on the A350.
The A350-900 flights depart Incheon as OZ751 at 1610 and arrive at Singapore’s Changi at 2130. They return as OZ752 at 2300 and arrive back at Incheon at 0620 the following morning.
The less comfortable A330-300 flights leave Incheon as OZ753 at 1930 and get into Singapore at 0130. They return to Incheon as OZ754 at 0245 and land there at 1015 the next day.
Separately, Asiana will resume several shorter regional flights from its Seoul base this fall, including Miyazaki in Japan and Guilin in China.
From 27 September, Asiana plans to resume three times a week service with A321 aircraft to Miyazaki.
Also from 27 September, the Star Alliance member plans to resume flights to Guilin. Asiana last operated that route pre-Covid and will initially return with two weekly A321 flights.